If you are a recording musician, you no doubt know that a good recording guitar is essential to get the best final product possible. The Collings O1 German 12-Fret is the perfect guitar for the recording environment due to its:

  • Quality woods that provide clear, dynamic, and well-balanced tones
  • Longer body than many smaller guitars, which allows for more volume and better responsiveness
  • Versatility for a variety of uses in the recording studio

Quality Woods Provide Great Tonal Qualities


Collings Guitars are known for their combinations of quality woods in order to achieve certain tones. The Collings O1 German 12-Fret combines a German spruce top with walnut back, neck, and sides to give tones the definition and dynamic capabilities needed for recording your music.

German Spruce Top

The acoustic guitar’s German Spruce soundboard is a dense solid wood that gives a piano quality to the instrument: bright, but not harsh. It is more exacting than Sitka Spruce slight different midrange response from Adirondack. This wood also has a wide range, so your sound is balanced from bass to treble. Collings has forgone a sunburst to show the beautiful, consistent grain.

Walnut Sides & Back

The Collings O1 German 12-Fret has a walnut body that is somewhere between the complexity of rosewood or koa and the drier, less harmonically rich tones of mahogany. In addition, Collings Guitars makes very few instruments from walnut. And if we’ve learned anything from selling Collings guitars, it’s that the more unique they are, the better they sound.

Longer Body Pushes Volume and Responsiveness

Although the Collings O1 German 12-Fret is a smaller acoustic guitar, it is not lacking in projection. The guitar’s 12-fret traditional design, where the neck meets the body at the 12th fret as opposed to the 14th fret, depends on a longer body to give more volume. In addition, the bigger body allows more movement in the top, which produces a deeper, looser sound. The slight loss in upper fret access you lose from the 12-fret neck and lack of cutaway is more than compensated for in the tonal changes. It won’t bark like a dreadnought or command the grand concert hall unplugged like a jumbo; nor will it check every box that a classical guitar does or respond to a slide like a resonator would; but it possesses a richer, more complex character than you would expect from Collings’ smallest lower bout and body size for a guitar. The shorter scale length contributes to easier playability and closer string tension to an electric guitar, banjo, or mandolin.

Other features include:

  • Black/white wood nitrate strip rosette adorning the sound hole
  • Black/white wood purfling with 1-style walnut back strip
  • Adirondack spruce scalloped bracing
  • Tortoise-style top/back body binding
  • 24 7/8″ Short scale Length
  • Tortoise-style celluloid pickguard
  • High gloss nitrocellulose lacquer finish
  • Mahogany neck
  • Square headstock with no volute w/15 degree angle
  • Ebony peghead overlay with inlaid Collings logo
  • Ebony fingerboard with ebony Pyramid Bridge
  • Mortise and tenon hybrid neck joint
  • Modified V neck profile with 2 3/16″ string spacing
  •  14″-26″ Compound fretboard radius
  • 1 13/16″ Bone nut and drop-in saddle
  • Medium 18% nickel-silver fretwire
  • Mother of pearl dot fingerboard inlays
  •  Fully adjustable truss rod
  • Ebony bridge pins and end pin
  • Nickel Waverly tuners with 16:1 ratio
  • Collings deluxe hard shell case by TKL

My Verdict

The Collings O1 German 12-Fret is a cool, well-rounded, understated guitar. You don’t have to worry about paying for any excessive bling or ornamental features; every cent goes into the excellent craftsmanship, quality materials, and fantastic sound. While some Collings guitars are suited to musicians from specific genres, the Collings O1 German 12-Fret is less limited in its application. Whether you favor traditional folk, ragtime, delta blues, or classical music, you’ll feel right at home with this acoustic guitar. Country and rock players may be better off with a larger guitar. In particular, virtuosos with classical training will appreciate the Collings O1 German the most because it lends itself to finger stylist musicians.

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